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About the Header Image: Idlebrook Wendy Darling Evensen "Wendy" one of our three Labrador Retrievers.

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Monday, January 24, 2022

130 Pounds of Love

 Good morning,

If you look carefully,

 ...you might be able to see...


 ...under 130 pounds of love.  

It seems both Wendy and Elsa claimed Catherine's lap at the same time.

So cute!  And, Catherine survived!



Sunday, January 23, 2022

Here We Go Again

 Good morning,

For three or four weeks it seemed the grocery shelves were stocked again.

But, not this week.

 Of course, I was able to buy plenty of groceries for our family, just not necessarily the items I would normally buy and definitely not at the prices I would have paid just a year ago. 

Be informed and vote.



Saturday, January 22, 2022

Work in Process - Wood Working Workshop

 Good morning,

Kjell is busy in his wood working making bread boards and knives.  He already made one for me and is now working on at least one for the shop.

 Bread is especially important here because we only eat home made bread that I make from scratch every day or so.  This beautiful board is perfect to use at the dinner table to slice and serve bread.

 The knife fits in a special spot on the board and has a protective cover for the sharp blade.

 The white strip in the image above is the protective piece that fits over the blade when not in use.

The board is finished in food grade oil.  

It's not available in the shop yet, but should be soon!  

All the best,


Friday, January 21, 2022

My View

 Good morning,

This is the view from my seat at the dining room table.  The leaves are off of the trees, but the sun is out giving the false illusion of warmth outside.  It's actually below freezing out there.

I see our Ohio flag needs to be replaced.  The Ohio flag is printed;  Old Glory is stitched so lasts much longer.  Our flags are illuminated from both ground light and the top of the flag pole so they fly 24/7/365.

Regardless of the weather, I hope your day is bright wherever you are.

Happy Winter,


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Potato Soup ala Catherine

 Good morning,

So appreciated was the crock pot of potato soup that Catherine prepared and left for us when she went to work.  On a cold winter's day, it's wonderful to be able to stop by the crock pot for a bowl or cup of soup throughout the day.

Thank you, Catherine!

Love you,


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Silent Snowfall


 Good morning

I took today's images in the middle of the night while snow was silently falling.  It was so very bright outside with moonlight and lights from the University across the street.  Usually, the neighborhood is quite dark at night. 

 The only sound, however, was the flapping of our flags.

Happy Winter!


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

I'm Here to Help

 Good morning,

Nothing is routine here.  I generally do things like strip and remake our bed when the pups are busy elsewhere.  Since they were all on deck three with Catherine on Sunday morning, I took the opportunity to take the bedding off of the bed and throw it down the laundry chute.  

I didn't get far before Wendy arrived to help.  She was wearing her bathrobe because she had just stepped out of the tub in Catherine's bathroom.

*sigh*  So many helpers. Now if only those pups had opposable thumbs!